INDUSTRY RECOGNITION FOR EXCELLENCE
Five awards recognising outstanding contributions to the road transport industry were handed out during the 2018 Road Freight NSW conference
Award winders celebrated during the 2018 Road Freight NSW conference
THIS YEAR’S ROAD FREIGHT NSW (RFNSW) 2018 conference, held on September 13 at the Rooty Hill RSL in western Sydney, celebrated four road transport industry individuals from across NSW, and one company for its dedication to safety. RFNSW says it hosts the awards to showcase the hard work, road safety, innovation and expertise of members across the state. The five winners were: Outstanding Contribution to the NSW Trucking Industry, Leigh Smart, Formula Chemicals; NSW Transport Woman of the Year, Roslyn Anderson, Wales Truck Repairs; NSW Professional Driver of the Year, Joshua Carter, Carter Heavy Haulage; NSW Top Technical and Maintenance, Raymond ‘Reggie’ Sutton, R Sutton Transport; and NSW Best Safety Culture Award, JL Pierce Transport.
Simon O’Hara, CEO of Road Freight NSW, congratulated the winners for the role they all played in advancing the road transport industry and improving trucking for all. “Congratulations to all of our winners for the valuable contributions they’ve made to our industry over the past 12 months,” O’Hara says. “RFNSW would like to commend them all for the dedication, commitment and integrity they have shown in helping raise the awareness and appreciation of what our drivers do out on the roads each and every day.
“It’s fitting that we can formally recognise them all, as they showcase all that’s good in our industry.”
O’Hara praised Leigh Smart for being a passionate industry advocate over his 40 years’ experience in the heavy vehicle and chemical manufacturing industry.
“Leigh has developed a strong program of corporate social responsibility (CSR), founding and operating the bi-annual Truck Week awareness event for local Melrose Park school children and he’s a generous fundraiser for the Fiji Cancer Society, as well as the Fred Hollows Foundation – Pacific Eye Institute and Fiji Blind Society,” he says.
“Roslyn Anderson grew up in the transport industry and is a fine example of what dedication is all about. While working for a transport company, she studied at night at TAFE and then at University to achieve a TAFE Certificate and a Bachelor of Commerce in accounting and she is a CPA,” O’Hara says.
“Her knowledge and expertise comes to the fore at the smash repair firm where’s she’s working. She’s supported the growth in the business from five to 22 employees and still spends time at the truck workshop supporting drivers.
“Roslyn is also actively involved in charitable and community causes, including Convoy for Kids. We need more women like Roslyn in our industry.”
O’Hara praised Joshua Carter for his immaculate driving record, including over 700,000 incident-free kilometres a year without losing a licence point. “Joshua Carter has the safety of his staff, clients and the driving community as his main priority. Josh continues to adopt cutting-edge technology and ongoing driver training. It’s this type of commitment to safety which is changing some of the negative perceptions associated with the transport industry.”
Reggie Sutton is no stranger to receiving awards, having won the Livestock, Bulk and Rural Carriers Association Young Driver of the Year award in 2015.
“Reggie Sutton is a qualified diesel and automotive mechanic and his hands-on skills and knowledge have enabled him to manage his own fleet and assist other transport operators in the Riverina area,” O’Hara continues. “As a 2018 TruckSafe Ambassador, Reggie is fully-committed to heavy vehicle safety and has become a mentor for young drivers, encouraging more people to join our industry.”
O’Hara says NSW Best Safety Culture Award winner JL Pierce Transport is a proud family owned business that has been operating for over 65 years, and currently operates 150 trucks, employing over 350 people.
“Their vision is to achieve a superior distribution service for clients through the delivery of dedicated innovative logistics, specifically within the fuel and petroleum industry,” he says. “The company is committed to continual improvement and industry best practice through investment in innovation, safety and resources.”
Above: Josh Carter (centre) receives his Professional Driver award from RFNSW CEO Simon O’Hara and BP Australia’s business development manager Vanda Power. Photo Camera Creations
From far left: Simon O’Hara (left), NSW Transport Woman of the Year winner Roslyn Anderson, and Gary Wheatley from Daimler Truck and Bus; From left: TruckSafe general manager Justin Fleming, LBRCA COO Bec Coleman and award-winner Reggie Sutton. Photo Camera Creations